A buddy and I intended to attempt our first archery hunt last season, but it never materialized. I've been tearing through pages of CO guide books, Wilderness books, etc. this winter and I'm intent on a hunt materializing this Fall.
My main question is in regards to scouting. I have a busy schedule (like most here probably do), and I'd rather get to know an area well to increase my chances over the Summer. Tried Holy Cross last season, but when we left after work on a Friday, it took us about 3.5 hours with traffic and even longer on the way back to D-town, both times I checked it out. I'm wanting to do a wilderness hunt as I only have one pref point, and I enjoy getting into the backcountry and consider myself pretty adept at that. For big game hunting, I'm a total newb though. I imagine the year will be a learning experience, but if I can at least get close to some elk or deer, I'll be satisfied.
So, does anyone have any experience with:
Lost Creek W.
Buffalo Peaks W.
Cache La Poudre W.
or Byers Peak (maybe huge crowds?)
I imagine that Indian Peaks is a mess with it being so close to Boulder and Denver?
Basically I'm just looking for info to start this process. I want to choose an area soon, get some topos, and of course start scouting when the weather warms. Thanks for any help or tips, they point in this process, especialy from any experienced hunters in the area.